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Sedimentary rocks of the Fentress Formation and lower Rockcastle Conglomerate include sandstones, shales, siltstones, and coals which are divisible into 6 facies. Facies characteristics, including rock type and physical and biogenic sedimentary structures, as well as vertical and lateral relationships between the facies, are consistent with interpretation of the sequence as deposited in back-barrier lagoons and tidal channels; tidal flats; and tidal inlet, channel, and delta environments. Superposition of burrowed sandstones, whose modem analogues are formed primarily in estuarine or marine environments, over coals in the middle of the sequence, and the occurrence of thinly bedded sandstones of tidal...

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